Word in Los Angeles is that the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders are now pursuing a joint football stadium should their ongoing attempts to get new venues in their hometowns fall through. The Chargers have been trying to find an alternative to their current stadium situation for 14 years, while the Raiders are seemingly always on the lookout.
Currently both teams lease their home stadiums and both are looking for public subsidies for new stadiums in the cities in which they currently play. Should that fail to happen, this new stadium, which would be co-owned by both teams, will be located in Carson, California. It’s estimated that the overall cost to build it is in the neighborhood of $1.7 billion.
Another factor in this latest move by the Chargers and Raiders is the fact that St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke has already announced a plan to build an 80,000-seat stadium where Hollywood Park used to be located.
In a statement given to The Times on Thursday, the Chargers and Raiders said: “We are pursuing this stadium option in Carson for one straightforward reason: If we cannot find a permanent solution in our home markets, we have no alternative but to preserve other options to guarantee the future economic viability of our franchises.”
“We’re thinking about the project as a 21st century, next-generation stadium,” said architect David Manica, noting that the venue and renderings are still in the early conceptual stages. “We want it to be the ultimate outdoor event experience, which includes both sports and entertainment. And we want it to be uniquely L.A.”
Here are a few artist’s renderings of what they envision to the stadium will look like…
You can view even more pictures of the proposed stadium over at NBC San Diego’s Web site as well as in the video below.